Megyn Kelly callously left Fox News.
And amidst then-President Roger Ailes sexual harassment accusations, Kelly also pointed to Ailes for making inappropriate sexual gestures.
But in her premier interview with Vladimir Putin on the liberal NBC, the statistics were nothing short of mind-blowing.
Kelly’s new NBC show called Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly premiered to ultra-low viewing numbers, especially when considering the amount of viewers her show at Fox News had consistently received.
Kelly was one of Fox’s brightest stars until her accusations against Ailes pumped the brakes on her fandom and her supporters left.
So it’s no surprise her former supporters didn’t carry over to the new show.
But perhaps Americans are also sick of hearing about Vladimir Putin and the Trump-Russian conspiracy.
“According to Variety, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly drew 6.1 million viewers in its 7 p.m. time slot, behind 60 Minutes‘ 6.6 million viewers.
Both news programs lost handily to ABC’s broadcast of the NBA Finals Game 2 matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, which drew an average of around 15.5 million viewers.
The Warriors’ victory over the Cavs also unsurprisingly led in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, drawing a 5.7 rating; Kelly’s show came in second with a 0.8, while CBS’s rerun of 60 Minutes drew a 0.6.
Overall, NBC finished third on the night in total viewers with an average of 4.7 million, but second in the demo, with an average 1.0 rating.
ABC blew away all competition with its NBA coverage, while Fox and CBS came in third and fourth in the demo, respectively.
Kelly — the former Fox News star who departed for NBC in January — promoted a high-profile interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin to help kick off her Sunday night show.
Critical reception to the interview was mixed, though the exchange between Kelly and Putin could be fairly described as contentious; when Kelly asked whether Putin might have compromising information on U.S. President Donald Trump, the Russian president asked: ‘Have you all lost your senses over there?’
For her part, Kelly said in an interview with TV Insider last month that her new show was not trying to compete with 60 Minutes.
‘They’ve been doing it for 50 years, and it’s a hugely rated show not just in news but in all of television,’ Kelly told the outlet.
‘Our goal is not to beat 60 Minutes.
It’s to do great journalism in a way that’s compelling and dynamic. Our show looks and feels a little different from what’s been seen before.
You’ll see some pieces that are a little more cutting edge and more irreverent.’”
This huge letdown was most likely a combination of both disinterest in the Trump-Russia conspiracy and her former loyal fans at Fox News fed up with her antics over the last year.
During the interview, Putin immediately shot-down the Trump conspiracy, saying that he knew former NSA Director Michael Flynn about as well as he knew Kelly.
Kelly and Putin had only just met the night before.
But Kelly pushed the Trump-Russia financial ties, asked whether Putin has something damaging against Trump, and if people are blackmailing him.
“Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from?
Why, did we have some special relationship with him? We didn’t have any relationship at all. There was a time when he used to come to Moscow.
But you know, I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us. Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russia.
Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all, have you all lost your senses over there?”
If the liberal mainstream media – which now obviously includes Kelly – keeps perpetuating this profoundly absurd conspiracy theory, then we will lose all of our senses.